Biz Notes

Channel 12 News

WISN-TV Channel 12 News recently won two regional Edward R. Murrow awards. The awards, sponsored annually by the Radio Television Digital News Association, highlight newsrooms’ exceptional coverage of significant stories with multiple layers. WISN 12, a media partner of BizTimes Media, was honored with an award for overall excellence for its 2013 stories, including coverage of an eight-alarm fire in Burlington and a shooting at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Wauwatosa.

The award also salutes the station’s more in-depth investigations, such as the cost of housing state sex offenders and disabled parking abuse near city buildings. Additionally, WISN 12 won a regional Murrow Award for Breaking News for its work on the Children’s Hospital shooting. WISN 12 has garnered Edward R. Murrow awards for eight consecutive years. The two regional awards qualify the station for the national competition, to be held in June.

Robert W. Baird

Milwaukee-based Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc. has selected Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers as the recipient of the Baird Community Involved Player of the Year Award. The firm honored Rodgers with the award during the third annual Wisconsin Sports Awards ceremony, held at the Milwaukee School of Engineering’s Kern Center at the end of April. Rodgers earned the award for his significant support of charitable causes and events across the state and country. He has been especially supportive of the MACC Fund, a nonprofit organization that raises funds for research of childhood cancer and related blood disorders. Since 2010, Rodgers has played host at a Milwaukee fundraising banquet, titled “An Evening with Aaron Rodgers,” that funnels proceeds to the MACC Fund. For his philanthropic contributions to the MACC Fund, Baird pledged a $5,000 donation to the organization in Rodgers’ name. Additionally, Rodgers has supported The Salvation Army, the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center and several charity events and sports outings.

Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce

The Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce, located in Milwaukee, recently distributed its annual Business Awards, which highlight the efforts of chamber members to foster more diversity within the state’s business community. A committee of chamber members chose this year’s award recipients from a pool of nominations entered by other chamber members and the general public. In addition to cultivating diversity in the workplace, winners have demonstrated significant community involvement and helped grow Wisconsin’s LGBT and allied business community. Award winners are: MillerCoors, Corporate Partner of the Year; Colin Gorman of PNC Bank in Whitefish Bay, Business Leader of the Year; A2Z Design, of Appleton, LGBT Business of the Year; Sugar Doll, of Stevens Point, Allied Business of the Year.

Carroll University

The League of American Bicyclists has saluted Carroll University, of Waukesha, with a Bronze Level Bike Friendly University Designation. The league’s Bicycle Friendly University program “recognizes institutions of higher education for promoting and providing a more bikeable campus for students, staff and visitors” and “provides the roadmap and technical assistance to create great campuses for cycling,” according to its website, Institutions that apply for recognition within the program are judged on their efforts to promote biking in five areas: engineering, encouragement, education, enforcement and evaluation/planning.

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